Michael Vick is still the unquestioned starter for the Philadelphia Eagles but history shows that can change very fast. If the 2012 NFL season fails short of the Super Bowl, will the Philly front office look to trade Vick?
Vick has high ESPN rating but no NFL playoff wins with Eagles
Two years sound like such a small number in life but for a football player it's two precious chances lost at winning a championship. Michael Vick learned this when he went to jail for his dog fighting ring. Though he's regained respect as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, his chances at becoming only the second black quarterback to win a Super Bowl shrinks with each season. He is 32 years old and even with those two years off has taken a high number of hits during his time in the pros. That hasn't stopped ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski from rating Vick number 12 out the top 30 quarterbacks in the league. What's lost to many fans is Donovan McNabb had similar success right before the Eagles released him. The franchise has done an astounding job staying young and talented over the years and if Vick can't find a way to win in the playoffs with that team, then he could very well lose his job. The Philadelphia Eagles don't fear trades and any number of teams would love to have him. The question is who would take him if the season does fall short?
Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks might jump at the chance
Two teams that jump out at possible partners in a Vick deal are in both NFL west divisions. In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks have launched an exhaustive search for the right man, bringing in everyone from Tarvaris Jackson to Matt Flynn. Given the talent they have on offense, an experienced winner like Vick could put them in control of their division and save Pete Carroll his job. The AFC is the somewhat mysterious Kansas City Chiefs. Injuries ruined their playoff chances last season, but few teams have as good a young core of players as the Chiefs. Their biggest question mark is quarterback Matt Cassel who proved he can win but hasn't flashed big play abilities like Vick has. If he can't stay healthy or gets off to a slow start this season he may lose his job too. With Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles on offense, Vick would fit right in and give them a real shot at winning the wide open AFC West. One thing is for sure. Fans in either city would welcome Vick over those already on the teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles always surprise people with their NFL decisions. Trading Michael Vick isn't likely, but with them it's possible. ESPN may like his style, but teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks could shake things up if things go bad in 2012.